Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides

Passing of Pastor Floyd Munn (UTS'16)

He was such a good man who really loved UTS and Father Moon for their vision of ministry as being inclusive and welcoming. He really endured a great deal, especially toward the end of his life and his time at UTS with daily dialysis treatments. The proudest moment of his life was to walk across the stage in Barrytown during graduation.

Pastor Floyd Munn, an alumnus from the Master of Divinity program, passed to his eternal home this past week. Rev. Munn was admitted to UTS in Fall 2007 and marched in May 2016. Those who knew him are sure to remember his ready smile, his gentle spirit and his determination to learn. Rev. Munn stands as a great model of courage and strength for all students because of his commitment to complete his degree even with his severe health challenges. It was not unusual to see Pastor Munn rush to campus after his dialysis treatments because he did not want to miss a single minute of class. Or he would call from the hospital to say that he was trying to get to class. Each time he was on campus, Rev. Munn always took time to stop by my office to say 'hello' and to offer an encouraging word or to share a recent experience with God or the Holy Spirit - even if he was running late for class.

Rev. Munn loved the Seminary because it reflected his heartfelt attitude toward ministry - that ministry was about being a servant leader and about welcoming others into God's loving family. During the last two years, he never complained about how he was feeling. Rather, he was more concerned about reaching out to other students to support or encourage them to engage their studies. In his time at UTS and in his ministry, Pastor Munn epitomized the UTS value of living for the sake of others and bridging religious and cultural divides.

UTS sends its heartfelt prayers of love and comfort to his wife and family. Rev. Munn's going home service will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 11:00 am at the United House of Prayer for All People in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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